Long-time Emerald resident diagnosed with brain tumour
CAROL Cross's magical Christmas displays have created smiles, gasps and disbelief, with residents waiting all year to set eyes on her wondrous winter wonderland and twinkling lights.
Despite feeling under the weather, Carol continued to welcome people into her home to share her hard work and Christmas spirit with the community.
It was not until three weeks ago that she found the cause of her ill health after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Now, Carol's family is asking the community to help the woman who holds a special place in everyone's heart during the festive season.
Carol's daughter Lisa Maxwell said her mother underwent surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in Brisbane on Friday, after a second mass was found, but the tumours could not be completely removed.
Lisa said her mother was not feeling herself before Christmas, but couldn't stand not doing her annual light display and winter wonderland.
"Even though mum was not well, she still wanted to go ahead and do the Christmas lights and display, as it brings great joy to mum and dad to see the children's and adults faces light up with such happiness," she said.
"They love bringing the Christmas spirit to the community and welcoming guests into their home."
Lisa has set up a fundraising page and is hoping the community will get behind her mother.
"This is a huge shock to the family," she said.
"You see it and hear about it happening but never think it would happen.
"Our mum is a fighter. We are so proud of her spirit and courage to keep moving forward."
To donate funds to Carol Cross and her family, visit http://www.mycause.com.au/page/adaughterspleaforhelp.
$1070 has been raised by family and friends since the fund was created on Tuesday.